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The Best Business Books of July

Business books and July go together like sand and bed sheets. Or warm weather and mittens. What I'm trying to say is business books are not traditional summer reading.

But business books cover a wide range of business topics--they're not all management texts, although there's a very good management book this month. Here's a cross section of our favorite business books of July. A couple of them even made our Top 10 for the Best Books of the Month. Enjoy.


Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez - The author of this book does not hold back in his portrayal of the founding of Facebook. Check out Chaos Monkeys if you're at all interested in the behind-the-scenes of Silicon Valley and/or the story of how one man went from life as a former academic working on Wall Street to tech company advertising guru. In her review of the book, Sara Nelson wrote, "If you think you know the back-story of the founding of Facebook because you saw The Social Network, think again: Antonia Garcia Martinez's Chaos Monkeys tells a more complete and sometimes darker story about the founding and development of Mark Zuckerberg's multi-billion-dollar invention."

 B2Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country by Alex Cuadros - a month or so ago, I got lost in this book for a weekend. While it ultimately didn't make our top 10, I can recommend it as a book that covers a subject that a lot of people are interested in these days, namely the immense wealth disparity that we see around the world. Brazil itself has been in the news a lot as well, most of the recent stuff not-so-good. Brazillionaires takes a look at the men who have accumulated vast amounts of wealth in Brazil, often at the expense of the masses, and who have sometimes lost it all at an equally rapid pace. It's a train wreck that you can't look away from, and you'll find the stories and descriptions of the lifestyles both compelling and repellent. It's a trip through a world you can only imagine. But it's real. And it's fascinating.


The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman - Most books on management appear to be geared toward the CEO, but The Effective Manager is not. Written by Mark Horstman, whose Manager Tools is a top business podcast, this book breaks down management into clear, actionable steps. It's a straight forward and sensible book that distills the content of his podcast into information that can help any manager to get better.


Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey - "It reads like the plot of a B-movie from the 1950s," wrote Sara Nelson in her Best of the Month review of Not Pretty Enough. "Plain girl from a poor Midwestern family, scarred by the horrific accident that killed her beloved father, grows up to be a hot-shot, trailblazing New York executive, marries a movie mogul and rules the world. But if those are the bare outlines of the life story of the late Helen Gurley Brown, groundbreaking editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Gerri Hirshey's brilliantly journalistic biography of Brown adds nuance and subtlety and cultural history; Hirshey's Not Pretty Enough (the description that dogged poor Helen all her life) treats Brown – who seemed to some nothing more than a courtesan-in-training for rich and important men – very seriously as a feminist and a cultural force."

You can see all of our Best Business Books of July here.


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